Outside of the work we do on international and domestic projects, we believe in the value of not only a skilled engineer, but someone who is well rounded. In order to accomplish this, we spend a lot of our time providing professional development opportunities our members.
Without the support of our community, the Oklahoma State chapter of Engineers Without Borders would not be able to exist. Our community supports us and provides us exposure to reach those who may grow up to become a member of EWB some day!
One of our biggest events every year is our football tailgate! During this event, our members grill up some burgers and finger foods, sell raffle tickets to fund chapter events, and spend time sharing our accomplishments with others as we enjoy the pre-game fun!
We also speak at various clubs at OSU as well as the surrounding middle and high schools and technology centers. At these speaking opportunities, we try to convey the difference in life styles for those members of communities our work effects as well as try and recruit members or future members. Our club is open to everyone--not just engineers!
One of the biggest hidden gems of EWB is the networking opportunities our members gain through club involvement. Companies know that our members are well equipped to enter the working world after graduation--a big part of this is due to the experiences gained through the opportunities provided by EWB. Many of our current members can attest to receiving their job offer, internship, or co-op because the employer sought a skill that was gained through being a member of this club. We regularly have guest speakers from our sponsor companies as well as companies that our members have expressed interest in hearing from. At these events, our members get to learn about these companies and talk to the presenters one-on-one.
EWB-USA puts on a National EWB Conference every year as well. We try to send as many members as we can because this is a great opportunity to learn outside the classroom! At this event, our members get to hear about other chapters projects, chapter development activities, and so much more. This conference also emphasizes professional networking. Meals are shared with professional engineers, students, and guest speakers in order to encourage new connections as well as share expertise and advice.
While public speaking is terrifying to most, it is a great skill to have! Our chapter is regularly contacted to present the work we've done at conferences and poster presentations. This year we have plans on presenting at the Oklahoma Professional Engineering Conference this Summer as well as the University of Oklahoma Water Council Conference in the Fall.